Josh Kaufman

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Josh Kaufman
Birth name Joshua Kaufman
Born (1976-11-09) November 9, 1976 (age 41)
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
Origin Indianapolis, Indiana
Genres Pop, R&B, pop rock, soul
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, pianist
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 2010–present
Labels Republic Records
Associated acts The New Etiquette, Adam Levine, Usher

Joshua Kaufman (born November 9, 1976) is an American soul singer and singer-songwriter. A native of the Tampa Bay area in Florida, Kaufman is based out of and resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is best known for winning the sixth season of NBC's The Voice as a member of Usher's team and previously Adam Levine's team. At age 38 he became the oldest winner in series history.

Early life[edit]

Kaufman was born in Sarasota, Florida, the son of Beth Gilbert, minister of music at a church in Blacksburg, Virginia; and Mark Kaufman, who runs a roofing company.[1] His stepfather, Rev. Richard Gilbert, is the pastor at a church in Blacksburg, Virginia.[2] While in Blacksburg, he was a member of the Blacksburg High School Madrigals, an elite choir. He grew up in Lake Wales, Florida until his freshman year of high school. He and his mother moved to Blacksburg, Virginia where he attended and graduated from Blacksburg High School. His musical talent appeared early in his life. At sixteen, he appeared on Star Search and in 2011, Kaufman auditioned for the first season of Simon Cowell's The X Factor (U.S.).[3] After living his teen years in Virginia, Kaufman settled in Anderson, Indiana to attend Anderson University and graduated from IUPUI.[4]

Kaufman is a member of the band The New Etiquette (formerly known as Josh Kaufman and the Frequency), an Indianapolis based rock and soul band. The band was formed in 2010 with original band members Josh Kaufman, Ryan Koch, and Nate Gray. The band released a six track self-titled EP in spring 2012 drawing on the musical talents of several local musicians.[5]

From 2011 to 2014 Kaufman was a musical staple at Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Indianapolis,[6][7] and also worked as an SAT prep tutor.[8]


The Voice (2014)[edit]

On the fifth episode of the Blind Auditions broadcast on March 10, 2014, he performed George Michael's song "One More Try." All four judges turned their chairs and Kaufman chose to join team Adam. Kaufman defeated fellow Team Adam member Austin Ellis in the Battles, Round 1. Kaufman lost his second battle round competition against Delvin Choice but was immediately stolen by Team Usher.[9][10] Kaufman received the first iTunes bonus multiplier of the season, with his studio recording of "Stay With Me" reaching the fifth position on the iTunes Top 200 Singles chart at the close of the voting window.[11]

On May 20, 2014, Kaufman was announced as the winner of Season 6 of The Voice, beating out runners-up Jake Worthington and Christina Grimmie and making him not only the first artist from Team Usher to win, but the first "stolen" artist to win and the first Caucasian male winner, besides also being the oldest participant to win the competition.[12]

     - Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
Stage Song Original Artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition "One More Try" George Michael March 10, 2014 5.18 All four chairs turned
Joined Team Adam
Battles, Round 1 "Happy" (vs. Austin Ellis)[13] Pharrell Williams March 24, 2014 11.1 Saved by Coach
Battles, Round 2 "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" (vs. Delvin Choice) Stevie Wonder March 31, 2014 14.6 Defeated
Stolen by Usher
The Playoffs "It Will Rain" Bruno Mars April 15, 2014 19.5 Saved by Coach
Live Top 12 "Stay with Me" Sam Smith April 21, 2014 20.12 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 10 "This is It" Kenny Loggins April 28, 2014 22.4 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 8 "I Can't Make You Love Me" Bonnie Raitt May 5, 2014 24.2 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 5 (Semifinals) "All of Me" John Legend May 12, 2014 26.2 Saved by Public Vote
"Love Runs Out" OneRepublic 26.6
Live Finale (Final 3) "Every Breath You Take" (with Usher) The Police May 19, 2014 28.2 Winner
"One More Try" George Michael 28.4
"Set Fire to the Rain" Adele 28.9

Later career[edit]

Kaufman participated in the Indy Jazz Fest in September 2014.[14] Kaufman appeared at the Indiana State Fair in August 2014. He was the final actor to play the title role in the 2013 Broadway revival of Pippin, which closed in early 2015.[15]

On June 8th, 2017 Josh Kaufman performed the anthem of the United States in the United States vs. Trinidad And Tobago FIFA World Cup CONCACAF Eliminatory match in Dick's Sporting Goods Park Commerce City, Colorado


Kaufman will sing on Broadway in the show “Home For the Holidays, Live on Broadway” which is being presented November 17 to December 30, 2017, at the August Wilson Theatre. Other vocal performers include Candice Glover, Bianca Ryan, Peter Hollens and Evynne Hollens.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Kaufman is married to Jennifer Myer and they have five children as of November 2016. They live in Indianapolis, Indiana where Kaufman sings with his band The New Etiquette.[17]



  • The New Etiquette (2012)[18]
  1. Do You Want Love
  2. On Me
  3. That Train
  4. Falling Again
  5. Waving Goodbye
  6. Out the Door
  • Josh Kaufman (2016)
  1. Truth Be Told
  2. All I Ask
  3. Avalanche
  4. Paycheck
  5. The World
  6. Digging Deep


The New Etiquette (2012)

  1. "Do You Want Love (Radio Only)"

Releases from The Voice[edit]


Album Details Peak chart positions
US Digital
The Complete Season 6 Collection
(The Voice Performance)
92 14


Single Peak chart positions Original artist
US Heat
US Digital
"One More Try" George Michael
"Happy" Pharrell Williams
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" 19 Stevie Wonder
"It Will Rain" Bruno Mars
"Stay with Me" 92 9 5 Sam Smith
"This Is It" 38 Kenny Loggins
"I Can't Make You Love Me" 71 4 2 Bonnie Raitt
"All of Me" 13 4 John Legend
"Love Runs Out" 13 OneRepublic
"Every Breath You Take" 12 The Police
"Set Fire to the Rain" 19 28 Adele
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


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  5. ^ "The New Etiquette". Reverb Nation. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Harry, Lou (11 March 2014). "Indy's Josh Kaufman finds his voice on 'The Voice'". IBJ. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Layne, James (24 March 2014). "Indy's Josh Kaufman Finds Himself in Front of Millions on 'The Voice'". Indianapolis Monthly. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Lindquist, David (17 March 2014). "One-on-one battle on 'The Voice' awaits Josh Kaufman". Indy Star. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
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  11. ^ Pucci, Douglas (22 April 2014). "The Voice on iTunes (April 21-22, 2014)". TV Media Insights. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Usher-ing in a new era! Departing judge leaves victorious as protege Josh Kaufman wins The Voice". Daily Mail. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Clip (Austin Ellis vs. Josh Kaufman: "Happy")". IMdB. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Josh Kaufman at Indy Jazz Fest". IndyStyle. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Piepenburg, Erik (3 November 2014). "'Pippin' to Close on Broadway". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Home For The Holidays Live on Broadway". New York City Theatre. Retrieved 14 October 2017. 
  17. ^ "About". Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "The New Etiquette". BandCamp. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "Josh Kaufman: Awards". ALL MUSIC. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Josh Kaufman: American Charts Performance". Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Josh Kaufman: Chart History - Digital". 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tessanne Chin
The Voice (U.S.)

2014 (Spring)
Succeeded by
Craig Wayne Boyd
Preceded by
"Tumbling Down"
The Voice (U.S.)
Winner's song
"Set Fire to the Rain"

2014 (Spring)
Succeeded by
My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face